Bo Nickal Explains Why Khamzat Chimaev Doesn’t Deserve Title Shot

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Bo Nickal is wondering if Khamzat Chimaev truly deserves a shot at the UFC middleweight title.

Chimaev has competed seven times in the UFC, with most of his wins coming against welterweights. Most recently, he defeated former 170-pound champion, Kamaru Usman, by a closely-contested decision at UFC 294, where he was supposed to face top middleweight contender Paulo Costa, who withdrew due to a staph infection.

Although Chimaev has wins against a couple of world class welterweights, he hasn’t fought any top middleweight contenders, yet he thinks he deserves to fight newly-crowned champion, Dricus du Plessis.

Unfortunately, Bo Nickal begs to differ.

“I think Dricus wants [Israel] Adesanya,” Nickal said while speaking on his YouTube Channel. “That’s what he said. His callout was Adesanya, or it could be Khamzat [Chimaev]. They’ve been talking about giving Khamzat the title [shot], but he has been hurt. He has been sick. Messed up in the hospital, broke his hand. All this crazy stuff.

“Dude, they’re gonna give Khamzat the title shot for sure at some point,” Nickal added. “I don’t think that he’s gonna have to fight again till he gets the title shot. Do I think he deserves that? No. He hasn’t fought a single 85’er. He has fought less 85’ers than me. My guys aren’t even on the roster anymore.”

Bo Nickal, who beat Val Woodburn last year, is gearing up to take on Cody Brundage at UFC 300 on April 13.

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